Lunch with Kara Loewentheil, Yale Law School


Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Center for Feminisms, Enfield House, Hampshire College

Freedom of speech lies at the heart of several cutting-edge controversies in law and reproductive rights today: from "informed consent" laws that require doctors to deliver state-scripted speech about abortions and a woman's decision to obtain one, to recent attempts by cities to force crisis pregnancy centers to post signs acknowledging that they do not provide for or refer for abortion services.  Kara will provide an overview of challenges to these regulations, and the outcomes so far, and also discuss the models for decision-making underlying these new laws.  What are the underlying assumptions about our ability to make decisions central to fundamental physical autonomy?  Are feminist movements, through, for example, the movement to eliminate sex work, contributing to or strengthening these models?

Kara is a board member of the National Women's Health Network, and an Associate-in-Law and Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale Law School, working on issues in reproductive justice, women's rights, access to information, family law and human rights.

Sponsored by:
Civil Liberties and Public Policy
Center for Feminisms
Hampshire College Law Program
Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at Western New England University School of Law